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    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Targeted in Internet Attack

    The vulnerability of the Internet as a journalistic tool has been illustrated again this month with an ongoing distributed denial-of-service attack on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague. Computers at the U.S.-funded broadcasting services, which reach audiences in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, have been disrupted … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting Finally Accessible for Americans

    This month, Americans finally got the opportunity to watch and listen to news programming that the U.S. government has been broadcasting to the rest of the world for decades. This is a good thing. Americans should benefit from and be informed about the news that their tax dollars pay for … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting “Defunct”—Congress Finally Steps In

    Last Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) tackled an issue long overdue for congressional oversight—the state of affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The title of the HFAC hearing—“Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency ‘Defunct’”—came from none other than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The BBG … More

    Iran Clamps Down on Dissidents Before Election

    In anticipation of Friday’s presidential election, Iran’s leadership has harshly cracked down on journalists, dissidents, and cyber activists, as well as members of their families. The regime is leaving nothing to chance, determined to avoid a replay of the surprise demonstrations that followed the 2009 presidential election and led to … More

    U.S. Broadcasting Affected by Obama Administration Culture of Intimidation

    The Obama Administration’s “culture of intimidation,” as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) has called it, has affected the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In a power grab that is as outrageous as it is brazen, the Obama Administration is proposing to replace the only remaining Republican and one of … More

    Radio Liberty Journalists in Moscow to See Justice Done

    The fired journalists of Radio Liberty’s (RL) Moscow office are finally seeing a deep injustice reversed. Following a visit to Moscow, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members Susan McCue and Michael Meehan announced: Given the rapidly shrinking independent media across Russia over the past few months, we have asked the … More

    U.S. Fires Its Own Broadcasters in Russia

    The treatment inflicted on 41 Russian journalists in Moscow’s Radio Liberty office is nothing less than scandalous, and it threatens to silence American broadcasting into Russia for good. But what is even more scandalous is that it was not the Russian government that, without warning, shut those journalists out of … More

    Feasibility Study Rubber-Stamps U.S. Broadcasting Merger

    Don’t say the wheels of government always spin slowly. When there is an agenda at work, they can move with considerable speed, and in the deconstruction of American overseas broadcasting, things are moving fast. Consider a new feasibility study completed on November 10 regarding a merger of three major entities … More

    The Noble Mission of Radio Free Europe/Radio

    In the age of media saturation and extravagant federal budget deficits, the question does comes up: Why does the United States need to spend some $750 million on international broadcasting every year? As with every taxpayer dollar spent, this  question deserves an answer, and rarely has a more eloquent one … More

    Tackling the Challenges of the Broadcasting Board of Governors

    The new Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced on Friday by the Obama White House, have their work cut out for them. For a variety of not very satisfactory reasons, the U.S. broadcasting entities (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, et al.) on whom the federal government spends $745 million a … More